The Magic (4-6) lost at home for just the second time in six games largely because of 19 turnovers, nine of which came from rookie point guard Victor Oladipo. Those Magic miscues resulted in 22 points for the Mavericks (6-4).
It was an all-around hard-luck night for Oladipo, the Magic’s prized rookie who was the No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft. Oladipo, who is making the transition from college shooting guard to NBA point guard, turned the ball over four times in the first half and four more times in the fourth quarter, two of them coming when he slipped in the lane on hard drives. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn stuck with Oladipo down the stretch, but the talented guard encountered some typical rookie troubles.
``I just have to perform in those circumstances,’’ said Oladipo, who had 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes. ``It was just a moment where I’ve got to learn. It was a tough loss. It was a close game and I have to learn to execute during those times. … Most of it is on me as the point guard. The point guard has to be a leader out there, so I have to do a better job.’’
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